Welcome to the website of Melissa De Leon.
Melissa De Leon is a freelance filmmaker based in the East Coast who produced 11 projects so far, several which have won awards, including Best Actress in a Narrative Short from WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival. Additionally, Melissa has been a production assistant on over 50 productions including Marvel's The Defenders and Jessica Jones Season 2.
She is currently submitting her short film paralysis to festivals, is currently working on a post apocalyptic screenplay, and recently worked with MasterChef Junior in the casting department.
Director, Writer, Producer
Diana, a young mother, fears what comes in the night.
For more information, check out the Facebook page for paralysis.
A young girl sits with her psychiatrist reminiscing on her past and her tragic loss which reveals a looming darkness.
You can view Trance on Vimeo by clicking here.
Sam and Saah ( pilot)
Sam and Saah is a dramatic web series about a woman, Sam, who explores an unconventional relationship with a younger man, Saah. Hailing from different backgrounds and life experiences, Sam and Saah are both trying to rebuild their lives after suffering personal losses when they meet. Apprehensive yet vulnerable to the idea of new love, their unexpected, budding interest in each other sparks visceral reactions from the people they care about which makes them question the validity of their feelings. Will Sam and Saah choose to love as they please or will they conform and love as society has prescribed?
Visit the Sam and Saah website for more information.
A Bird Without Wings (in post-production)
Nabeel, the gay son of conservative immigrants, spent the first seventeen years of his life in fear of his abusive mother. Although he reached out for help, social services were unable to do anything. This one of a kind documentary explores Nabeel’s past, questions how it will affect his future, and examines how it relates to the way child abuse is handled in America.
Visit A Bird Without Wings's website for more information.
After a year of being involved in a serious relationship with her drug dealer boyfriend Ronald, broke college student Tanya discovers that her boyfriend can no longer be the source of her security. She must find different avenues for support while desperately trying to keep her 16 year old brother off the streets.
For more on Security, visit the Security website.
Junior Citizens (2014)
A mini-series that follows the separate challenges that Rhonda, Izzy, and Xavier face within a year's time. This includes relationships, relations, career hustling, dealing with jobs to make ends meet, change in the friendship dynamic when they become roommates, and the battle to overcome college senioritis.
Junior Citizens has received the following awards:
2014 Campi Flegrei Web Fest | Official Selection
2014 qFLIX Philadelphia New Media Program | Official Selection
The Junior Citizens pilot can be viewed on Youtube.
Ready to confront her darkest memories, Jacqui finds herself in the office of Dr. Barnes, a man who may have dark memories of his own. Though heavily scarred, Jacqui will face her history at any cost. The hardest part will be deciding what she must do after confronting her demons. Can she and her doctor accept the consequences, as the sins of the past erupt into the present?
Therapy has received the following awards:
2017 The Philly TV Festival | Official Selection
2016 Indiewise Film Festival | Best Actress Winner
2016 Indiewise Film Festival | Official Selection
2016 Ozark Shorts | Official Selection
2016 Widescreen Film Festival | Best Actress Winner
2016 Widescreen Film Festival | Best Short Film Director Nominee
2016 Widescreen Film Festival | Official Selection
2016 Hollywood Sky Film Festival | Official Selection
2015 Los Angeles Cinefest | Official Selection
2015 Ocktober Film Festival | Best Short Film Nominee
2015 Ocktober Film Festival | Official Selection
2015 Golden Door International Film Festival | Official Selection
2015 Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival | Official Selection
2015 The Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series | Best Actress Nominee
2015 The Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series | Official Selection
2014 Reelblack Presents Philly Shorts | Official Selection
2014 Xfinity OnDemand | Viewers' Choice Award
2013 Bucks Fever FilmFest | Honorable Mention
2013 Bucks Fever FilmFest | Official Selection
Visit Therapy's website for more information.
In the Mist (2012)
Darla is devastated after discovering she is in a harsh predicament. Is there anyone she can turn to, when hope seems to be lost?
You can view In the Mist on YouTube by clicking here.
Enchantment of Deceit (2011)
Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
As Harry Potter and his friends are fighting their own battle over evil, so are others all over the world. The Dark Lord's presence is felt everywhere even when he is not physically present. It is touching everyone. And for this group of students, evil reaches them in an unexpected way with an unanticipated outcome. Evil doesn't just have one facet.
More information can be found at Enchantment of Deceit's website.
The Journey (2011)
The world has been devastated by an airborne virus, destroying 95% of the human population. Skylar has been spared, but is now on a relentless journey to find his parents. No matter what stands in his way, he will reach Philadelphia and reunite with his family. Starved and freezing in brutal winter weather, he is rescued by a ‘family’ of survivors. Their kindness saves him, but complicates his decision- continue on his uncertain journey, or begin building a new future in the wake of the apocalypse?
Visit the website of The Journey for more information.